The Gin Game
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Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore reunite in their first acting performance together since "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66), the classic comedy series for which both stars earned multiple Emmy Awards. Newly filmed in high definition. This powerfully bittersweet comedy follows the relationship that develops between nursing home residents Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin during a series of gin games in which their ailments, misfortunes and losses are exposed in funny, honest and increasingly heated moments. Stars Emmy-winning actors Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People) and Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins)
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, performing together for the first time since the heady days of The Dick Van Dyke Show, demonstrate the natural chemistry that made them television icons so long ago. In this skillful TV-movie of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Van Dyke and Moore play two elderly people who fight loneliness, loss, and each other while playing cards at a nursing home. The game reflects their approach to life as much as card-playing--but if you expect an easy, sentimental journey, you'll be surprised. Both Weller (Van Dyke) and Fonsia (Moore) have led unhappy lives, marred by misfortune and the spoils of their own difficult personalities. The dark undertone of their quarreling makes The Gin Game a potent piece of work, and these two old pros tear into their parts without fear or compromise, finding both humor and bitterness. --Bret Fetzer
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I'd like to see the earlier Cronyn & Tandy version.
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